There's an elephant sitting in the middle of all talk show sets that no one is mentioning.
I mean have you wondered why Tom Cruise hasn't been asked once about Scientology?
HBO's documentary, Going Clear, accused Scientology and its 2nd most important member of some pretty horrendous things.
The clergy is called the Sea Org,
and Mr. Cruise has spent countless hours out on the Sea Org base where
— on that same base where he has a special chateau —
there’s double wide trailers called the Hole,
which is a kind of re-education camp where people have been incarcerated for years.
Sleeping on the floor on bedrolls with ants crawling around, abused physically,
made to lick the floor or the toilet with their tongue.
It’s unbelievable degradation.
Mr. Cruise has been the beneficiary of this unbelievably low-paid Sea Org labor.
These people are being paid forty cents an hour and they’re tricking out Cruise’s cars.
Yet Mr. Cruise hasn’t been able to answer or dodge any questions about the film —
because he hasn’t been asked about it at all.
Reporters are banned from asking Cruise about his dating life or Scientology.
Observe the strangeness of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, a master at calling out hypocrisy,
interviewing Mr. Cruise this week and completely gliding over the topic, instead bantering about workout routines.
That puzzle, of course, is quickly solved by the fact
that Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures (which produces “Mission Impossible”) are both owned by Viacom.
It’s the same reason why embattled NBC Universal stars want to stick to the NBC’s “Today” show —
shared corporate overlords make these situations much easier.
Take Ben Affleck at Comic Con mere days following his high-profile divorce,
knowing that he wouldn’t have to do anything except talk about “Batman v. Superman.”
50 Cents stopped by The Nightly Show
and never had to answer any questions about his recent $5 million judgment for releasing a couple’s sex tape.
Sometimes people try to rage against this behind-the-scenes system, but it generally backfires for everyone.
Take Chris Brown shattering a window in the "Good Morning America" dressing room
after Robin Roberts apparently broke an agreement and asked about his domestic violence against Rihanna.
No anger management issues there, right?
The goal, the star promoting a project and the news show getting viewers, is generally what comes first on TV.
So unless TV shows are willing to sacrifice a Tom Cruise appearance, don’t count him breaking his silence anytime soon.
It seems everyone involved is agreeing not to ask too many tough questions and ruin the fun.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
ABOUT ALL OF THIS?